When I visited the Wakodahatchee Wetlands, one of the first things that I
noticed while trying to photograph the wildlife, is that there is so
much wildlife that it's hard to get a picture of a critter by itself.
I was watching baby alligators
when a huge soft shelled turtle swam by.
A Great Egret
(AKA: White Heron) was wading with a precise stare
stalking some tasty treat hidden from my view beneath the surface of the
water while a pair of Blue-winged teal ducks
swam past. I think the
Great Egret found its snack:
The Wakodahatchee Wetlands boardwalk takes you over the marshes, through
the Fire Flag
(tall plant with small purple flowers) and other
where you have a fabulous view of nature in all its
splendor. There are shaded pavilions with benches so you can escape the
Florida sun and listen to the amazing sounds of the wetland around you.
On one of my visits, I found the pavilion closest to the island full of
nests roped off with this
...and of course, any time you're out enjoying nature, it's nice to know
that you don't have to rough it too much; there is a clean restroom by the
As I photograph the wildlife at the Wakodahatchee and other areas
nearby, I put the best pictures of each creature I find on on my page
about that creature. They're sorted into thumbnail pages by category,
listed at the bottom of each page, so you can easily find the critters
you like best. Check back once in a while because I add new photos
frequently as I practice my camera skills and find new things out there.
Wakodahatchee Web Site
If you want to see wetland birds
, and even marsh rabbits, or
enjoy a walk outside, the Wakodahatchee Wetlands is the perfect place to
I've found that it's the best place around to practice bird
photography; I've spent hours there, and am looking forward to many
more. As the sun sets, the myriad wetland birds
fly back to their nests
and perches as fast as I can tweak my settings and take another sequence
of pictures. Every time I go I see something new.
Here's my best shot at a rough map to help you find the Wakodahatchee
Wetlands. While you're in the area, check out
The regulars at the park joke that the birds live at one wetland, and
fly over to the other for lunch.